I Don't Want to Go to War

Melody - Henry I Marshall, 1914

Edward Madden, 1914

Goodness Mercy! Listen Percy,
Hear the bugles call!
Find a place To crawl,
From the cannon ball.
I'm so nervous, Lord preserve us!
Must we volunteer?
I'll keep in the rear.
I'll wave the flag and cheer,
"Hooray! Go 'way!
Come back some other day!"
I don't want to go to war!
I think bullets are a bore!
If I must fight, I'll scratch and bite,
And pull their hair with all my might.
I'll blow out the campfire's gleam.
Like and eagle I'll just scream!
My father named me Howard,
I'm so gald that I'm a coward.
I don't want to go to war!
Let them holler "How he flies!"
Instead of saying, "Here he lies"
I don't want to go to war!
I met Theodore Roosevelt.
He said, "You could not lick a smelt!"
So I don't want to go to war!
2. Shades of Pharoah! Think of aero-
Planing in the sky!
Dropping from on high,
Bonbons in your eye!
Flags are pretty, what a pity
They should be shot at.
Heavens, what was that?
A bullet through my hat!
That's why, "Goodbye!
Shall be my battle cry.

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